It could be yours for just $40,000.
The Yellowstone National Park was officially established on March 1, 1872. Encompassing more than two million acres of land, three states (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), and a whopping 142 miles (228 kilometers) of drivable road, it takes a durable, capable machine to traverse the entirety of the park. Thankfully, this White Model 706 bus was up for the task when it was introduced in 1937 – and now it’s up for sale.
Heading to auction as part of the RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale, this lovely, recently restored 1937 bus was one of 98 examples delivered new to the park between 1936 and 1938. The chassis was built by the White Model company in Cleveland, Ohio, and the body was sculpted by coachbuilding service Beder, also of Cleveland, specifically by famous automotive designer Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky.
Each of the 98 buses were managed by the Yellowstone Park Transportation Company, and ran continuously throughout the park on a daily basis, chauffeuring passengers along the scenic roads. Features like the fully removable canvas top are completely original, with modifications to suspension and powertrain added to make it a bit more road friendly.
Power comes courtesy of a 300-cubic inch Ford inline six-cylinder engine, paired to an automatic transmission and power steering. This particular model has been fitted with a 1995 Ford F450 master cylinder with power brake booster, a 12-volt electrical system, an electric fuel pump, and Autometer instruments. Though massive, it’s said that it can be easily driven on modern streets and highways.
The bus will head to auction on October 5-6 as part of the RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale in Pennsylvania. It even comes with a number of period photographs of the other Yellowstone Park buses to go along with it. Estimates suggest it could go for as little as $30,000 to $40,000 when it crosses the auction block in just a few weeks.
Source: RM Sotheby's
Gallery: 1937 Yellowstone National Park Bus
For generations, visitors to Yellowstone National Park were chauffeured along the park’s scenic roads in massive open-air buses, produced by the White Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and operated by the privately owned Yellowstone Park Transportation Company. The last generation of these was the White 706, of which 98 were delivered between 1936 and 1938.
Constructed with a robust six-cylinder engine on an overbuilt 190-inch-wheelbase chassis, the White 706 bus was bodied by the Cleveland coachbuilders Bender, to a beautiful aerodynamic design by the famous automotive stylist, Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. A novel feature was a large canvas-covered roof that could be completely uncovered in good weather, providing nearly panoramic views of the park for the tourists riding inside.
The bus offered here, Yellowstone Park no. 402, has been subtly modified for more user-friendly, reliable road use, including the installation of a 300-cubic inch Ford inline six-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, as well as power steering, a 1995 Ford F450 master cylinder with power brake booster, 12-volt electrical system, an electric fuel pump, and Autometer instruments. It can easily be driven on modern streets and highways, making it the ideal vehicle for transporting friends and families on special occasions. Even the largest party can go out on the town in this open-air mammoth!
Offered with charming period photographs of Yellowstone Park buses, this is sure to be the delightful centerpiece and visitor favorite of any collection that includes it. It has an amazing presence and offers more “fun per pound” than any other vehicle on offer this weekend.